Alright, Now What? Podcast

Join us for our fourth season of Alright, Now What?  For our first four seasons, we explored the pandemic’s impact on women and girls. But even when the virus recedes, its impacts will continue to be felt. We still need systemic change to achieve gender equity. So, moving forward, every other week, our experts will put an intersectional feminist lens on one topic we’ve all been hearing about. The issues and stories that just seem to keep resurfacing and make you wonder “Why is this still happening? How is it possible we haven’t fixed this yet?” We’re going to explore the systemic roots of these issues and strategies for change.

Season 4 (2021)

Trafficking: Learnings From the Grassroots - Episode 9 (October 6)

The issue of trafficking is in Canadian news media all the time. But what is it? Why is the term so confusing? And why is it that matters of policing, prosecution, and prison dominate public policy discussions when learnings from the grassroots tell us a different story of what will effectively address this form of gendered violence? The realities are complicated, the impacts are highly intersectional, and Karen Campbell, Director of Community Initiatives and Policy at the Canadian Women's Foundation, helps us disentangle them.

What #Elxn44 Results Mean for Gender Justice - Episode 8 (September 22)

After a swift campaign period, the federal election has wrapped up and the results are in. What do they actually mean when it comes to gender justice matters? What policy decisions and changes do we need to keep pushing forward with, especially at this time when gender equality gains in Canada are so at risk, especially for marginalized women? Anuradha Dugal, VP of Community Initiatives at the Canadian Women’s Foundation, shares some initial reactions and provides helpful insights.

Gender Justice and #Elxn44 - Episode 7 (September 8)

The September 20th federal election approaches fast and furious. What does it mean to "vote for gender justice" this time around? Ann Decter, Senior Director of Community Initiatives and Policy at the Canadian Women's Foundation, shares key issues for us to think about as we lift our pencils at the polls. She tells us what Up For Debate, an alliance of women’s rights and gender justice advocates, is all about. Plus, she gives us insight on why the votes of women and gender-diverse people matter so much in Canada ... even if your favourite candidate loses.

Yes, the Gender Pay Gap Exists, and it's Complicated - Episode 6 (August 25)

New legislation about gendered pay inequity will go into force on August 31, 2021. But there are still those who say that a gender pay gap doesn't exist in Canada at all. We're joined by Dr. Sarah Kaplan, Director of the Institute for Gender and the Economy and Distinguished Professor of Gender and the Economy and Professor of Strategic Management at Rotman. She addresses what the gender pay gap really is and what needs to happen to end it.

Evicted: How Homelessness Impacts Women - Episode 5 (August 11)

Experiences of homelessness are not a monolith; women and gender-diverse people may have unique experiences and unique challenges when faced with situations of housing precarity. But the lack of recognition, investment in, and tailored responses to these experiences has contributed to the ongoing invisibility of women's homelessness. Following on the heels of the forced encampment evictions at Lamport Stadium in Toronto, our host Emma Partridge sat down with Khulud Baig (Women's National Housing and Homelessness Network) and Kaitlin Schwan (The Shift) to explore the ways we have failed the unhoused community in Canada and what an intersectional, human-centred response to homelessness would involve.

“De-Platforming Misogyny”: How to Address Online Hate? - Episode 4 (July 28)

Technology-facilitated gender-based violence (TFGBV) occurs at shockingly high rates and has a devastating impact on those targeted. From the doxxing of public figures to the harassment of ordinary folks on social media, TFGBV can take many forms and abusers have a number of tools at their disposal. We sat down with Rosel Kim and Pam Hrick of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) to discuss the recommendations for addressing TFGBV that came out of LEAF's Deplatforming Misogyny report.

Paid Sick Leave is a Feminist Issue - Episode 3 (July 14)

We were joined by social justice lawyer and advocate Fay Faraday and Vice President of Community Initiatives at the Foundation Anuradha Dugal to discuss the intersection of paid sick leave and gender. We explore the devaluing of living things within a for-profit, capitalist system and the ideological barriers that promote resistance to paid sick leave and other worker-centered policies.

Male Dominated: Harassment Beyond the Military - Episode 2 (June 30)

We've all seen the news about abuses in the military, but the problem of sexual harassment in Canada goes far beyond any one industry. On today's episode, we're asking the question; why are some industries so much worse for sexual harassment? To explore this with us, we're joined by author and women's rights advocate, Julie S. Lalonde, and Research and Training Director of AfterMeToo, Kate Cornell.

The Inequality of Parenting - Episode 1 (June 16)

On the first episode of this season, we're tackling the question—why do Mothers still take on the bulk of childcare, and what is this doing to their mental health and job prospects? We look beyond stereotypes to the underlying policy and economic reasons for this pattern.

Past Seasons

Join us for the third season of Alright, Now What?, a podcast that’s all about systemic change and the journey towards gender justice. This season we’re partnering with our friends at the Equality Fund and Community Foundations of Canada to bring you four jam-packed episodes with incredible guests who are engaged in fundraising and feminist activism. We’ll be digging deep into feminist philanthropy, and how can we redefine the future of giving.

Redefining Giving

In this first episode, we speak with the Equality Fund and Community Foundations of Canada about what we mean by “feminist philanthropy,” and the exciting conversations to come this season.

Challenging Best practices: Moving Past the “Conversation Industrial Complex”

Feminist philanthropists aren’t afraid to be challenged. This episode we’re joined by Vidya Nair from the Equality Fund and Kerry-Jo Ford Lyn from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice to discuss how we can undo some of our long-held fundraising best practices in order to move into meaningful action.

Trust, Relationships, and Burn-Out

Building trusting relationships between all philanthropic partners is key to a thriving, equitable sector. This week on the show, we’re joined by Raisa Borshchigova from Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights to talk about how we can redefine giving through collective care, and by listening to and respecting the expertise of activists and front-line workers.

Building Accountable, Equitable Futures

In this final episode of the season, we talk about how to consistently build accountability and equity into our feminist fundraising and investing practices going forward, with guest Nadia Djinnit from the Cooperation Council of Ontario.

BONUS: Federal Budget 2021

In April, the federal government unveiled a federal budget that includes historic investment in childcare, action on gender-based violence, and other issues of relevance to gender equality matters in Canada. This bonus episode discusses some of the major elements of that budget and what the implications might be moving forward into the future.

In times of crisis, inequality grows and vulnerable communities can be left behind. We know that the isolation measures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic increase the risk of gender-based violence, but what can we do to end this violence for good? During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (Nov. 25 to Dec. 10), we’re talking all about violence prevention, intervention, and how we can #ActTogether to create change in this crucial moment for women and girls in Canada.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation and The Body Shop Canada are teaming up during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence to amplify how we can all #ActTogether. In this episode, we speak to Hilary Lloyd at The Body Shop about what the campaign means for her personally, and her work at The Body Shop.

16 Days, 16 Ways to Act Together

When we think about gender-based violence, we tend to think about physical abuse. But there are hidden forms of violence, including manipulation, control, name-calling, gaslighting, and isolation, that often go unaddressed. This week, we’re chatting with Anuradha Dugal and Jacqueline Hall about what emotional abuse looks like in the COVID-19 pandemic, and what we can do about it.

Emotional Abuse in the “Shadow Pandemic”

To end gender-based violence before it starts, we need violence prevention and intervention. And rather than seeing violence as something inevitable, advocates view it as something that can be ended with the right mix of policy, practice, funding, services, supports, and education. We’re closing this season by speaking to Rachael Crowder, the Executive Director of the Prince Edward Island Rape and Sexual Assault Centre, and Lisa Jewell,  the Outreach and Housing Coordinator at Fort Saint John Women’s Resource Society.

Ending Gender-Based Violence: What it Takes

Our resident experts address the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on diverse women and girls. You’ll hear their insights about what’s happening in communities and systemic issues that have come to light this emergency. We also look at how we can chart the way toward a pandemic recovery that centres gender equality, and how you can take action.

The Future of Work

In our inaugural episode, we dig into why women in the workforce are being disproportionately affected by the pandemic and why it’s so important that “care work” be valued as real work.

The Future of Safety

How are those in violent situations seeking help during a pandemic? And why is it that we’re seeing the numbers of reported incidents actually decrease in some areas? Content note: this episode contains discussions of gender-based violence. If you or someone you know requires support services, consult our directory of services. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

The Future of Normal

For many folks, the “normal” status quo was not that great. We tackle the big question of why a new, post-pandemic normal must be built on gender equality.

The Future of #MeToo

With workplaces shifting to online and remote for the foreseeable future, has workplace sexual harassment improved – or simply changed?

The Future of All of Us

We’ve spent four episodes breaking down just how deeply COVID-19 is impacting women, and particularly low-income, racialized, and gender-diverse folks. But the question remains – what are we doing about it? And how can you help? This is the future of us, and that means all of us. In Canada, there are three key mobilizers of social change – service providers, government, and community activism. This week, we’re digging in to each so you can find your place in the movement.

BONUS: The Future of Recovery

We’re working on bringing you a second season, and we’re so excited about it. But for now, we have some pressing new data we need to share with you.

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